Tuesday, November 16, 2021 12:30pm
About this Event
This project brings together historians, scientists, and community advocates to reflect on the scope and the hidden implications of the continuing heritage of eugenics research in New England. We will look at how the roots of the strong research focus on eugenics in New England began long before the Pilgrim Fathers made landfall at Plymouth Rock. Using the notion of extinction discourse as a framing, we will consider how thinking and practices carried out on Native American nations, helped to lay the foundations and plant the seeds for the later adoption of eugenic ideologies through the eugenics movement of the early 20th century, through recent incarnations of eugenics, and ways in which New England institutions are grappling with and setting about addressing these legacies today. They will identify the lessons to be learnt from this for approaching the numerous challenges we face tomorrow.
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